Stepping Beyond: McRae Williams Practices Mindfulness to Overcome the Negative

"A big part of mindfulness is meditation and taking that time to just be."

This video was produced in partnership with lululemon men.

At the young age of 10, slopestyle skier McRae Williams lost his father. But Williams has never let that stop him from continuing his pursuit of professional skiing.

His dad always dreamed of McRae taking skiing to a high level, and after his father’s passing McRae’s mother worked hard to ensure he’d have every opportunity to do so. Thanks to her efforts, McRae built an impressive career but still struggled in subtle ways that kept him from achieving his full potential. Then, he discovered mindfulness.

McRae Williams is pushing the limits of freestyle skiing. Photo: Courtesy of lululemon

“It really helped me to turn my life around,” Williams says. “A big part of mindfulness is meditation and taking that time to just be, and let things flow, and just breathe and relax.”

For the 2016/17 season, Williams approached winter with a different mindset, and ended up putting on his best performance yet. He won the first World Cup of the season, earned a silver medal in slopestyle at X Games Aspen, and followed that up with the overall World Cup title and the gold medal at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Williams maintaining his steady focus. Photo: Courtesy of lululemon

It’s clear that mindfulness and positive thinking have helped Williams push his skiing forward. “Part of mindfulness is to just be accepting of the way things are and that’s what I’ve been working on, just living in the moment,” Williams says.

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